Friday, February 24, 2012

SciTech Lecture Series - March15th

The SciTech Lecture Series welcomes Jerry Barker, Founder and President of Ocular Systems, Inc. He will be speaking on "An Eye Toward Innovation".

4:00 PM THURSDAY, March 15, 2012


To reserve a seat at this event, contact Mona Cofer at 336-734-7205 or

All lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Local Players Participate in Football Helmet Study

Local student athletes will participate in a study designed to measure head impact .  Sensors will be placed in football helmets worn by a pool of 240 players ages 6 to 18 years.  These results will help researchers at Virginia Tech -Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences understand child brain biomechanics and thus improve the design and protection of helmets.

Although numerous studies exist regarding football head injuries among professional or college level players, less information has been documented among younger players.  "We've got this whole group we don't know anything about, who are playing football through high school and college,"

said Joe Stizel, professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest University Medical Center.  He  cites recent studies at Virginia Tech documenting head impacts ten times the players' body weight.  More

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

World-Class Biotech Research & Innovation Center Unveiled in Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Triad Research Park

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center opened the doors to Wake Forest Biotech Place, a new state-of-the-art, world-class 242,000 square foot biotechnology research and innovation center.

Biotech Place is the newest research facility in the growing Piedmont Triad Research Park. The premier facility is comprised of two completely restored former tobacco facilities once owned by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and donated to PTRP. Read more.

Power Felt offers promise as new thermoelectric device

Wake Forest University research on Power Felt, a promising new thermoelectric device, appears in the current issue of Nano Letters, a leading journal in nanotechnology.

Potential uses for Power Felt include lining automobile seats to boost battery power and service electrical needs, insulating pipes or collecting heat under roof tiles to lower gas or electric bills, lining clothing or sports equipment to monitor performance, or wrapping IV or wound sites to better track patients’ medical needs.

Comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.

Power Felt has been developed by researchers in Wake Forest's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

See more.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Video game technology at play in biomolecular research

Wake Forest University senior Anqi Zou never thought she would thank video gamers for showing her the way to exciting discoveries in molecular biology.

But here she is, acknowledging that the technology she uses to show the inner workings of cells was originally perfected to create realistic images on gaming screens worldwide.

No matter. Wake Forest students are using graphics processing units – also called GPUs or graphics cards – to explore the biomolecular processes in the cell and take on challenges, including a cure for cancer.

See more.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Idea Exchange: The design of CDI's future facility

Monday, February 20, 2012
Center for Design Innovation - 2105 Winston Tower, 301 N. Main Street, Winston-Salem (and via webcast)
Free and open to the public.

Collaborators at CJMW Architecture will describe CDI's future home. Overlook the site from the 21st-floor vantage of CDI's current location in Winston Tower, while hearing about plans for the dynamic, "green" facility soon to support learning and entrepreneurship based on high-tech design. The 27,000 square foot building will be specially equipped for rapid prototyping, motion capture, electronic textiles, mobile networking and more. Learn more.

PTP Next competition open to applicants

PTP Next is accepting online applications for its spring business competition at until March 9.

PTP Next receives money to help take startups from seed funding to drawing the attention of venture capitalists.

The competition is open to innovation-based entrepreneurial companies that are headquartered in the Triad region and have unique products, processes and/or technologies that address large, growing markets, a scalable business model and future job creation.

Applicants can compete for a grant of up to $50,000 based on projects outlined in their specific proposal. Details on eligibility and qualifications are available on the PTP NEXT website.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wake Forest students bring first TEDx event to Triad

Wake Forest University students are playing a leading role in bringing the first TEDx event to the Piedmont Triad.

Eighteen speakers have signed on for a day of inspirational talks from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Wait Chapel. The event is open to the public.

For the uninitiated, the prospect of 18 talks in one day could sound like a college lecture series on steroids. But if you’ve ever watched a TED Talk online, then you’ll know why the students organizing the event are so excited. And if you haven’t, now’s your big chance to see it in person.

"TEDxWakeForestU will literally open the gates of innovation by being accessible, inspirational and affordable to a wide audience,”says Wake Forest senior Lucy Lan, who came up with the idea for the event and recruited other students to help.

Read more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Groundbreaking set for Center for Design Innovation

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday for the new home of the Center for Design Innovation in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

The CDI supports creative design as an economic development tool in the region, with a particular focus on motion-capture and rapid prototyping technologies.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the research park's Southern District, where the University of North Carolina system acquired four acres for the building. About $13 million has been set aside in past state budgets to pay for the facility.

Also on Monday, the CDI will host an open house in its temporary facility in Winston Tower from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and an "Idea Exchange" on the design of the new building from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Genetics inspire cyber-security research at Wake Forest

The fight against computer viruses and other threats is taking a new direction at Wake Forest University.

Erinn Fulp and Michael Crouse are fighting the continual evolution of viruses, worms and malware with evolution. Together, they are developing the first-ever automated computer configurations that adjust as quickly as the threats.

Fulp is associate professor of computer science and Crouse is a computer science graduate student who was recently named one of the "nation's top new inventors" by Inventor's Digest magazine.

In refining a genetically inspired algorithm that proactively discovers more secure computer configurations, they are leveraging the concept of “survival of the fittest.”

See more.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Don't Miss Triad BioNight 2012

Triad BioNight 2012 -- a gala event honoring leaders in our region’s biotechnology community.

6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8
Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons

Keynote speaker: Robert (Bob) A. Ingram, General Partner of Hatteras Venture Partners

Register today!

Visit the event webpage for more information.

Study estimates Wake Forest Baptist has $3.8B impact

A study prepared for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center bestimates the health system had a $3.8 billion economic impact during the last fiscal year by providing thousands of jobs, state-of-the-art health care, pioneering medical research, commercialization of intellectual property and tax dollars.

The analysis finds that by turning research into new tests and treatments, Wake Forest Baptist is helping create and drive a new technology-based economy in the region. The report says Wake Forest Baptist represents one of North Carolina’s preeminent institutions for participation and growth in the life-science economy and its importance is expanding given the rising status of life sciences as the driver of U.S. economic progress today and in the future.

Read more.